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Certificate in CBT Skills


This course will no longer be running after the Spring 2019 intake which has already begun.

We will be launching a new format in Spring 2020 including Trauma-Focused CBT.

This course description (final intake Spring 2019) is a post-qualification CPD training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills that equates to 36 hours’ CPD.  This part-time structured programme of 6 days taught over 3 weekends across approximately three months allows participants to practise the CBT techniques between each course module. This course is not designed for anyone who wishes to train as a CBT therapist from scratch. Rather, it is additional training in how to use CBT, tailored for therapists who are already qualified and practising in another modality.


“The way the course was structured helped ingrain the subject in a way that has made it easy to pull from, the examples used were live and have stayed fresh in my mind. Also the information provided for websites and handouts has been great, I have tools I can use with clients straight away. Really good course with regards to time frame and content.”

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.


 This course is approved by COSRT (the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy) for 36 hours of CPD. This CPD approval by COSRT gives quality assurance of relevance of the material to the practice of sex and relationship therapy.

Certificate in CBT Skills

Key Information


The intake in Spring 2019 is the last time this course will run in its current format. We will be launching a new programme in 2020. There will be no intake of this course in Autumn 2019. 

Dates: 3 weekends, 6 days in total, (see below). Time each day: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tutor: Professor Michael Worrell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience; CBT Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor accredited with BABCP. 

Venue: this course is being held at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE in the Louis Forman room on the 3rd floor. Timings each day are 10-5pm, with tea and coffee provided but the participants source their own lunch.

Fees: £800 + VAT = £960 payable in full before the start date or by instalments as long as the total is reached before the final weekend of the course. A fee reduction may be available depending on student circumstances, ask for details. The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD certificate. Tea, coffee, water, biscuits are provided during the day. Lunch is not included in the course fee. Shops and cafes are nearby.

Spring 2019

Weekends (Saturday & Sunday)
6 & 7 April
11 & 12 May
8 & 9 June

Times 10am-5pm each day.

Enquire now by emailing us at [email protected]

Future intakes

The intake for Spring 2019 will be the last time that this course runs in its current format – there will be no Autumn intake in 2019.

We will be launching a different programme in 2020.



This training provides an opportunity for qualified practitioners to integrate CBT concepts and techniques with existing theoretical background and way of working and to obtain a Certificate in CBT Skills. The course was initially set up to meet the needs of qualified therapists or practitioners, who wish to make a bridge between CBT methods with their existing practice. The training covers NICE recommended interventions and follows the CBT competence framework developed for the IAPT programme. The course consists of theoretical and experiential components, as well as exercises in skills practice. The didactic tutor input encourages critical engagement with CBT theory and its application in clinical practice. All students will receive course handouts along with any additional materials provided as the programme progresses. This is a post-qualification CPD training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills that equates to 36 hours’ CPD endorsed by COSRT.  The part-time structured programme of 6 days taught over 3 weekends across approximately three months allows participants to practise the CBT techniques between each course module.

Participants who complete this course can verify that they are CBT-trained. Whereas it’s necessary to take a full training over several years to achieve the status of a fully-certified CBT therapist according to the requirements of BABCP membership.  Although the course content is recognised by BABCP (since the tutor is a trainer accredited by BABCP), this CPD programme is not of itself a route to BABCP membership or BABCP accreditation – which takes a number of years of study and supervised practice.

Theory ✓        Experiential components ✓         Skills Practice ✓        


The course is designed to enable participants to adopt a cognitive behavioural approach in an ethical way that is appropriate for working with clients who are experiencing common mental health concerns. CBT focuses on thought processes and emotional responses, which may have developed into distorted judgements, leading to rigid thinking and consequential behaviours.  This course will introduce participants to the CBT model and will cover basic CBT skills and strategies for client work. The course is integrative and intentionally multi-modal. It is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills.  Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components.  The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors.  The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued. The course philosophy aims to establish a learning community in which a working alliance is established which encourages participants to take responsibility for their own learning and to support the learning of other course members.


The course includes theoretical teaching, as well as group discussion of concepts, case discussion and skills practice. Over the 6 taught days, the basic concepts of CBT will be introduced, with attention paid to integrating CBT in the individual’s practice.  Particular techniques will be emphasised in therapeutic contact, which facilitate change in cognitive therapy.  Course participants will have the opportunity to use Socratic questioning to prompt change, in addition to the use of action-based strategies including the design of “homework” and behavioural experimentation to supplement the CBT sessions.  Students will be shown how to undertake conceptualisation work in order to produce a formulation of a cognitive therapy case. The following will be explored:

  • Basic concepts of CBT
  • Assessment and case conceptualisation with CBT
  • Formulation of the identified problem, goal-focus and review process
  • Integrating CBT techniques into everyday practice
  • Use of Socratic questioning, “homework”, behavioural experimentation
  • Common psychological problems for which CBT can be helpful
  • Use of CBT in private practice and organisational / NHS settings
  • Working with CBT in a time-limited structure
  • Managing CBT: practical situations and incomplete or sub-optimal interventions

This course is explicitly multi-modal, so our focus of the teaching is on participants synthesising their own model of CBT practice, taking into account their existing theoretical background and way of working.  The course is also multi-disciplinary in orientation, allowing for the varied contexts in which CBT may be practised.

Assessment & Certificate

In order to receive the post-qualification Certificate in CBT Skills, participants are required to attend all 6 days of the taught programme satisfactorily and to have paid their fees in full.  A CPD certificate of attendance will be given to any student who is present for less than 6 days. The course is participative, experiential and discursive in nature, so informal assessment during the course is through self-analysis and group discussion. There is no requirement for any written work. If the tutor has any concerns regarding a student’s ability to assimilate CBT concepts and techniques into their practice, this will be discussed with the student in the first instance.

Professional standards

Participants are eligible for membership of BABCP (British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists), subject to the criteria applicable to the grade of membership for which the participant is applying. Holding this Certificate in CBT Skills is evidence of the practitioner being CBT-trained and adopting a Cognitive Behavioural Approach (CBA).  Referring to oneself as a CBT therapist or CBT practitioner requires CBT supervision and a more extensive training.


michael-worrell-preferred-1024x768Dr. Michael Worrell Michael is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience in a range of practice settings including the NHS and Private Practice. His NHS experience has included work across primary and secondary care with adult clients presenting with moderate to severe and complex difficulties. He is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a CBT Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor. Since 2003 Michael has been involved in training a wide range of mental health practitioners (including counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and psychiatric nurses) in CBT. Additionally, Michael has delivered training both within the UK and internationally on CBT Supervision and is currently developing further training in this area. In addition to his work within CBT, Michael has completed an advanced training in Existential Psychotherapy (1997) as well as a PhD in Psychotherapy (City 2002) that focused upon the concept of ‘resistance’ across differing modalities of therapy. Michael maintains a strong interest in contemporary developments in CBT and has completed training in both Schema Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Michael has previously worked at Regent’s College London as a Programme Leader on what was then the Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and also as External Examiner for the MA in Psychotherapy. Michael is committed the possibilities of dialogue between differing orientations to practice and is currently working on a project with Professor Ernesto Spinelli on developing an ‘Existentially Focussed CBT’. Some of this initial work was presented to the World Conference for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Italy (2011) in a paper entitled “Existential Dimensions of ACT”. Michael has published in peer reviewed journals on both aspects of CBT and Existential Therapy.

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Who is this course for

The teaching philosophy is integrative. As such practitioners representing a wide range of theoretical orientations are invited to apply. The focus is on core CBT competences applicable in therapeutic work. The programme is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurse managers, occupational therapists, psychologists, therapeutic community managers and case workers in organisational settings. Application criteria: Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced practitioners in a helping profession, who are secure in their existing mode of practice. Specifically applicants would:

  • be qualified and experienced counsellors or psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, key workers or nurses,
  • be full members of their professional body (BACP, UKCP, AHPP, BPS etc),
  • hold professional liability insurance,
  • have supervision arrangements in place.

Diversity and Respect Statement

The Grove is committed to the provision of training which is inclusive for participants from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The Grove’s diversity policy upholds participation by trainees which respects differences in ability and disability, age, sex, gender diversity, race, religion, culture, and theoretical modality. The Grove’s course terms and conditions provide for each participant being seen, heard and respected during their attendance at course events. These terms are shown in the course contract which every applicant is expected to sign when enrolling; and are described in the course handbook at the start of the training. Any participant may be suspended from the course if their behaviour is deemed by The Grove to be contrary to this statement.

Testimonials from previous course participants:

CBT course 10

I remember the CBT course being a thoroughly useful learning experience provided by the course tutor. I was so resistant to CBT before the course, which is why I decided to take up the challenge and attempt to understand CBT concepts. It worked and I continue to use some techniques I learned from that course in my work.

CBT course 9

I have enjoyed all the weekends, especially this last weekend where I really felt like I was learning new techniques.

CBT course 7

I think that Michael has such broad reference in terms of the psychotherapeutic environment, so he was able to field any questions with such informed answers that it really put CBT in context . I am also very interested in the existential approach so it was perfect for me. I am working with an integrative model at the moment with refugee clients, so I found it useful in that sometimes it is with direct questions that a client can identify an issue, and with the training we received, I now feel that I can contain and explore disclosures with CBT in mind. Obviously I would not attempt to fully use this model with very vulnerable clients without further training, but it has given me ideas where a client is very stuck in a pattern of thinking which is hindering them in the day to day.Good and generous resources. Was totally inspiring thank you.

CBT course 6

It made so much sense and in a way changed my way of thinking, I would like to explore CBT more. It changes first the way I think about things, second, the way I explore issues with clients. I really enjoyed it, Michael  was great, the venue was really nice.   Michael is a great tutor: fun, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you I am applying for a trainee job with IAPT for further my skills and learning.

CBT course 5

For me  the course was a very good introduction to CBT. I now feel informed about some of the theories around CBT and feel that I can now decide how far, if at all, I want to go forward in learning more about techniques, etc, of CBT.   I found out about this training from participants of previous course who highly recommended The Grove and the CBT course.

CBT course 4

I felt that the subject knowledge and the enthusiasm of Michael was a very positive element of this course.  His humour along with the pacing made the course enjoyable.

CBT course 2

Well organised and run, easy to grasp thanks to a great tutor and a great location too. Considering the negativity out there for CBT courses, this should be blazing a trail for the positive side of embracing this approach.

CBT course 8

I really enjoyed the CBT course and felt that I got a lot out of it, especially with regard on how to use the skills and to see how effective CBT can be for some conditions. I have already started to use the skills in my placement at the GP surgery and the client seems to be responding positively to this input.

CBT course 1

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the course and feel that it provided me with all the information I was looking to gain. This included a clear understanding of formulating session with clients and a clear practical way of using CBT skills. I have always used the CBT model within the team I have worked for the last 10 years, but feel since the team downsized to only two members, this course is the most helpful.  The energy the course was taught was really helpful, I felt engaged with the learning on each day. And feel this is what has helped me to get as much as I did from the 6 days.

CBT course 3

The way the course was structured helped ingrain the subject in a way that has made it easy to pull from, the examples used were live and have stayed fresh in my mind. Also the information provided for websites and handouts has been great, I have tools I can use with clients straight away. Really good course with regards to time frame and content.

Training Venue


The venue of this course has changed to Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE.
Take the lift to the third floor where you find the Louis Forman room. The main switchboard number at the venue is 020 7290 2900.
The change of venue is because of operational reasons affecting availability at the original site (Holiday Inn Mayfair, W1).




Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE

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